What is Collective Reflections?
Collective Reflections is a student-run, anti-oppressive publication that aims to showcase opinions, anecdotes, and any creative expressions on topics such as: feminism, race & ethnicity, ability & accessibility, sexuality and gender diversity, and mental health. Until 2013, Collective Reflections existed as five completely separate publications: HeadsUP, Queen’s Feminist Review, Outwrite, CultureSHOCK!, and Able. We have added a sixth section, BaseLine: An Anti-Poverty Review, and have amalgamated all six sections into one publication in order to further encompass the intersectional nature of identity and the experiences that come with it. Each section still maintains their own identity as a sub-section of the overarching publication
Queen’s Feminist Review
“The Queen’s Feminist Review (QFR) has been a safe place for dangerous ideas since its launch in 1993, making it the longest anti-oppressive publication within the Social Issues Commission. It has been the mission of QFR to provide feminist voices within both the Queen’s and Kingston communities with a platform to be heard. Though the content and tone of the publication has evolved along with feminist expression throughout the past three decades, QFR has always sought to encourage and feature a broad range of voices and opinions, with an emphasis on the importance of intersectionality. Never shying away from the provocative, QFR has consistently inspired questions and reflection. As long as heteropatriarchal structures predominate, QFR will be here to challenge them.”
“In 1996, Queen’s Colours: An Anti-Racism Review was created as a forum through which dialogue on issues around race, ethnicity, culture, and identity could be addressed. In 2001, the publication was renamed CultureSHOCK!, the name it remains to have today. Anti-racism is an ideology that intends to promote egalitarian society; this society is a place where people are not discriminated against on the basis of their race. This anti-racist review continues to use art, whether visual or written, as a means through which culture can be explored in the Queen’s community, a dialogue that often appears to be left out of day-to-day life on campus.”
“Since the first volume was published in 2004, Outwrite has continued to provide an important outlet for queer voices, and the publication has done a lot of growing along the way. You’ll read about hope. You’ll read about oppression. You’ll read about joy and liberation and grief and friendship. And you’ll read about love– something we’re sure Outwrite will continue to feature for a long time.”
“HeadsUP embodies a collection of poetry, prose, and visual art from people who are suffering or have suffered from mental illness or who skmply want to share their opinion on such an important matter. Since 2006, it has been providing thought-provoking art pieces, stories, and experiences to give our audience something to think about and to identify with. Mental illness is often a silent and stigmatized battle, and our primary hope is that this platform for creative expression and sharing of experiences will allow readers and contributors to break the silence and ultimately, the stigma.”
“Able will primarily share the views and creative works of students and community members with disabilities, invisible impairments, and chronic illness, along with some works from their allies. We aim to explore the intersection of ability by bringing together diverse voices of disability at Queen’s. Ultimately, we hope to educate our community about the and to show solidarity.”